How the Australian Cricket Travels.. See what it's like to travel in a Private Business Class from Perth to the UK
The Australian Cricket team likes to rest after a nineteen-hour trip in Derby in the UK,to get to the UK it involved two stopovers at Dubai and Colombo in a special all-business-class private jet charter from La Compagnie, a French boutique airline founded by Frantz Yvelin. This is ahead of the upcoming T20 and One Day International games happening in September 2020.
The fans are ready for the upcoming games, and many punters are already placing stakes on sites like Sportsbet which is one of the leading sports betting sites in Australia. Thus, it is not surprising that the squad would take such a step to position themselves better for the competition.
In previous years, the team usually would take a commercial flight, and if not for the current situation this would have been no different. It would have more than likely been the Qantas Boeing 787 flight from Perth to London or the Qantas Airbus A380 via Singapore to London from Sydney as that's the normal route they would take to visit the UK like most people. But in times like this the players safety is paramount.
However even if they wanted to they would struggle this is due to the prohibition of all international Qantas flights, with most of the Boeing 787s and all the A380s idle in California’s Mojave Desert, the team had no choice but to take an alternative.
They found this alternative at the fleet of Airline, La Compagnie, which often shuttles all-business-class Airbus A321neo’s jets each day between France and New York but suspended flights in March 2020 due to the restrictions in traveling between both countries.
The Airbus A321Neo Jet, which is known for high-flying executives, proved to be a good option for the Australian Cricketers.
The price at which La Compagnie flew the jet is undisclosed, but it surely costs so much. The A321neo has more than 70 business class seats, offering plenty of space for the players, support staff, and coaches.
All the seats in the jet can be converted into a lie-flat bed, which makes it a perfect fit for resting overnight or for any time, one wishes to take a nap or rest. Have a look below, It looks plush to me. I can see them being well rested when landing over being in economy class!
The jet also comes with 15-inch beautiful entertainment screens plus noise reducing headsets to keep the travelers busy and less bored during the flight. Also, there is a fast-speed inflight Wi-Fi available, but it is not certain if it was active during the Australia Cricket Squad’s flight.
However, the A321neo jet lacks the fast speed of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner or Airbus A380. This made the journey from Perth to London split into three trips.
They started the flight in Perth on Sunday, August 23, evening to Colombo, which lasted for seven hours and forty minutes. An hour after the first stop, they were up for another trip to Dubai, which lasted for four hours.
The final leg of the trip started as a direct flight from Dubai to East Midlands Airport in the United Kingdom. It lasted for seven hours and thirty minutes. The East Midlands Airport is mostly served by airlines like Jet2 and Ryanair, which usually carry out domestic flights in the UK and short-range destinations in Europe.
The Australian squad will spend a few more days in the hotel set part for Derby cricket ground before they take a ride for three hours to Southampton’s Rose Bowl. From September 4 to 6, the first three T20 games will be played in Southampton's Rose Bowl. Three One Day International matches will take place from September 11 to 16 at Manchester’s Old Trafford. Fans and lovers of the Cricket World are looking forward to having an exciting time watching these upcoming games.
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